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What to watch on Netflix? First off, amazing as it seems, some people don’t know what Netflix is. Or should I say, some people don’t know what they are missing? So let us start with an explanation. Netflix is a streaming service that allows customers to watch a variety of movies, tv shows, documentaries on internet connected devices commercial free! So in order to have Netflix, you need:
- Newer TV that has the Netflix app. Vizio and Samsung are popular brands
- Or TV that has UBS port to connect to streaming stick such as a Roku or Amazon Fire stick
- Wireless internet strong enough for streaming movies
- Netflix account monthly cost of $8
Netflix has revolutionized how people watch tv. No more setting the DVR or rushing home to watch a favorite show. Now you can “binge watch “whole seasons when you want. Up at 3 am? No problem, you can watch Netflix. Also, Netflix has a huge selection of tv shows, movies, much more than standard cable. How many do you ask? Oh, about 1,139 TV shows and about 4,335 movies. So you see, after watching Netflix, it is hard to go back to network tv. Remember Netflix is NO COMMERCIALS which is why many people are “cutting the cord” on cable and watching tv by the streaming of services such as Netflix.
What To Watch On Netflix-What I Am Loving
Netflix will rotate out shows/movies each month. They will also update with the new season after they air on network TV. I am HUGE into British TV. British TV is funnier, actors better, scenes shot on location in gorgeous settings. Many of the US TV hits are knock offs of British TV.
Here Are My Top Picks
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What To Watch On Netflix:
Call The Midwife
Call The Midwife. This show is a smash hit in the UK. *Adapted by Heidi Thomas from the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family in 1950s East End London. It follows newly qualified midwife Jenny, who joins an eccentric, lovable community of nuns who are nurses at Nonnatus House. This show has won numerous awards and is part of the Masterpiece Series on PBS. Start with season 1 to get a good understanding of characters and community.
*As World War II rages on, criminals try to take advantage of the resulting chaos. In Hastings, they aren’t having much luck, thanks to Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle. As Foyle’s son Andrew, a fighter pilot in the RAF, fights the enemy at war, Foyle battles the black market, profiteering, and murder on the home front. He is dogged in his pursuit of justice, honest to a fault and frequently underestimated by his opponents. Together with his sergeant and his driver, Foyle wages his own war on crime.
Beautifully shot, the cinematography sets the mood for the series. Foyle’s War is also an award winning series with 9 seasons to watch. I gave the Foyle’s War DVD set as Christmas gifts for my history buff family members.
*Successful surgeon Dr. Martin Ellingham abruptly leaves his London practice to become a general practitioner in the sleepy fishing village of Portwenn, where he spent the holidays during his youth. But his luxury car and lavish wardrobe immediately rub the locals the wrong way, and once they get a load of his abrasive attitude and lack of bedside manner, he quickly alienates most of the townsfolk. Shot on location, the series features the quirky villagers’ interaction with the socially awkward doctor, Doc Martin. The series will have you laughing and cringing at the same time. The success of Doc Martin on the US market with Netflix has enabled the show to produce 2 additional seasons and is currently showing in the UK. The main actor Martin Clunes is a seasoned actor in many UK comedies and the show features and guest stars prominent British actors.
If you are a murder mystery buff, you will love this series. With 19 seasons under its belt and still filming, this show is a binge watchers dream. *Set in the Cotswold villages of Midsomer, the series deals with village life and of course MURDER. Based on the crime-novel series by author Caroline Graham, “Midsomer Murders” follows the efforts of Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby to solve crimes that occur in the wealthy, isolated English county of Midsomer, a picturesque and peaceful place on the outside but one filled with amoral and snobbish eccentrics with all kinds of vices Filmed on location, you will fall in love with the villages and dream of moving there, oh… except for the murders of course. Main and sub characters change which brings fresh life to this series. You can pick this series up at any point. I gave the Midsomer Murder DVD set to the family last Christmas.
British are known for their no holds back comedy and this is spot on. *A show brilliant in its uncensored bad behavior and satirical humor, this series features Edina and Patsy, two hard-drinking, drug-taking, completely and outrageously selfish middle-aged women. Their cruel humor focuses on the hypocrisy of today’s society, much to the chagrin of Edina’s more moral and conservative daughter, Saffron. Again the success of Netflix and the US market has brought this show back to life and recently they produced Absolutely Fabulous The Movie.
Death in Paradise
Need a little island flair, this is the show for you. The show is about a British inspector who is transferred to Sainte-Marie’s police department, but he hates the sun, sea, and sand. The series follows his investigations into murders on the island. You get to know the characters of the island and the awkward but brilliant inspector. Each episode ends with the classic rounding up the suspects and delivering the “who dun it” speech. This Death in Paradise has 7 seasons under it belt for plenty of binge watching the fun.
*With men fighting overseas during World War II, many women held factory jobs to fill the labor shortage. This period drama follows those who work at a Canadian munitions factory, risking their lives in support of the European front. The Bomb Girls has 2 seasons and has been canceled. The main character is played by the actress Meg Tilley, as most remember from the 80’s. The show has fantastic period costumes. The success of the series has Netflix copying it with their Original Netflix show, Cable Girls.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot
This series is what introduced me to Netflix. I am a HUGE Agatha Christie fan. The British actor David Suchet takes pride and does an incredible job portraying the character of Hercule Poirot. The series has 13 season and many of Agatha Christie’s books are presented. Great pride is taken in creating the correct period costuming and the cars…. where did they get all these great cars? Again many of the scenes are shot on location making this series a favorite to watch for the care and detail the producers take. Oh…. and murder, our family plays this game where we have to stop and make guesses as to who the murder is before the “big reveal”. Agatha Christie was and still is the best at murder! The Agatha Christie Poirot DVD series makes a great gift for those “non-Netflixers” and huge Agatha Christie fans. I personally have this one in DVD to have at the lake (no internet for streaming). This series you can watch at any point.
Pride and Prejudice/Death Comes to Pemberley
This is a 2 for 1 review. Remember, Brits do it best and that is the case with the British version of Pride and Prejudice. Starring Colin Firth and a cast of great British actors, Pride and Prejudice is a six episode series that again, takes great pride in recreating the costumes and scenery from the Jane Austen novel. It is one of if not the, most successful TV period dramas produced and it shows! Here is the Pride and Prejudice DVD collection for that non-Netflixer who love romance
Death Comes to Pemberley was a novel written by mystery writer P.D. James to tell the continuing story of Pride and Prejudice. The Brits did a better job with the series than the author with the book! The story is set 6 years after the marriage of Elizabeth Bennett and “Mr. Darcy” and reintroduced the audience to characters from the original book, what has happened in their life, and of course …. there is a MURDER!!!! The only problem with this series is that the original actors from the Pride and Prejudice (British Version) are not in the series. But, in the British way, they have chosen veteran seasoned actors to play the parts and you will love it just the same. Death Comes to Pemberley was a part of the PBS Masterpiece series.
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My list is heavy on the Brits and period pieces because they just do it better, it is my list, and I like them. I hope you will check out some of my favorites on Netflix. Netflix has many of the US network shows as well. Not on my list but still a favorite and you can binge watch the heck out of it is Mad Men (yes it is a period piece… my list, I like them). WARNING: Once you get on Netflix you will never want to go back to network and cable
* Indicated excerpts from IMDB.
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